Commercial Launch Facility Economic factors

by Mike Trial, US Army Corps of Engineers, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


Launch facility construction, maintenance and modification costs remain a largely invisible part of the cost of putting mass into orbit. The government can lease launch facilities to commercial users, but since these facilities typically were constructed in the sixties and for other missions, they often require considerable modification before they are useable for commercial launch services. Due to the criteria which drove their original design, many operational and maintenance inefficiencies remain. The cost of these inefficiencies will necessarily be passed along to launch service customers. By designing a commercial launch facility from scratch considerable savings can be realized.

Subject Headings: Economic factors | Commercial buildings | Construction costs | Government buildings | Client relationships | Building design | Structural design | Orbits

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